Romania: Powerful Protest Against Chevron & Fracking in Romania


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Joe Wright Activist Post
It is often easy to forget that the battles we face against corporate invasion on American soil are playing out across the planet. It is a global agenda after all. But we rarely see the faces and hear the stories of people similarly affected by the same monstrosity that aims to eliminate national sovereignty and individual rights, while completely disregarding the health of people and the environment….

Over 280 million turkeys are slaughtered annually for human consumption in the United States


10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys

Angel Flinn November 15, 2013 3:05 pm

  

A pair of domestic turkeys (left) and a guinea...

A pair of domestic turkeys (left) and a guinea fowl (right) at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolsville, Maryland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over 280 million turkeys are slaughtered annually for human consumption in the United States,

despite the fact that such consumption is unnecessary for humans and absolutely horrifying for turkeys. Forty-five million of those deaths occur for the ritual of Thanksgiving alone. Increasingly, as consumers are becoming more aware of the extreme cruelty of animal farming, free-range, organic and “natural” animal products are gaining popularity. What many people don’t realize, however, is that animals raised under these labels frequently suffer through much of the same torment as those in standard factory farming operations. 1. According to the USDA, the terms “free range” and “free roaming” can be used to describe animals that “are

Domestic turkey poults (babies)

Domestic turkey poults (babies) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

allowed access to the outside for 51 percent of their lives.” There are no other requirements, including the amount of time spent outdoors or the quality and size of the outdoor area. For this reason, contrary to popular belief, “free-range” facilities are generally no more than large sheds in which tens of thousands of turkeys are crammed together on filthy, disease-ridden floors, living in their own waste. The conditions are often so poor that many turkeys die simply from the stress of living in such an environment. 2. Lighting is often kept dim to discourage aggression, since birds can engage in feather plucking and even cannibalism when they become highly stressed. Low lighting can cause reduced activity levels and result in abnormalities in growth, such as in the eyes and legs. 3. When raised for food, turkeys (even those described as free-range) are genetically modified to grow abnormally large — often twice their normal size — for producer profits. This genetic modification causes severe health problems, but since turkeys are generally slaughtered five months into their natural life span of 10 years, most are killed prior to the heart attacks or organ failure that would otherwise occur after six months. (This becomes apparent when genetically modified turkeys are rescued and allowed to live out the rest of their lives in sanctuary situations.) 4. “Natural”, “free range,” and “organic” turkeys are routinely subjected to debeaking, which is intended to prevent overcrowded birds from pecking at each other. Debeaking involves slicing off about one-third of a bird’s beak with a red hot blade when the turkey is around 5 days old (or often even younger). 5. To prevent cannibalism due to stressful conditions, turkeys sold under the above labels are just as likely to be subjected to detoeing. Detoeing is a very painful procedure which involves cutting off or microwaving the ends of the toes of male turkeys within the first three days of life. 6. Free-range, organic and natural operations are also allowed to practice desnooding, which consists of the cutting off of the snood (the fleshy appendage above the beak). Desnooding is an acutely painful procedure, and is often done with scissors, or using methods that are too brutal to describe here. 7. By the time the birds are sent to slaughter, as much as 80 percent of the litter on the floor of the shed is their own feces. This results in a buildup of ammonia, causing turkeys to develop ulcerated feet and painful burns on their legs and bodies. 8. When they reach market weight, free-range turkeys generally undergo the same horrifying conditions on their way to slaughter as does any factory-farmed animal. Workers gather these birds up to four at a time, carrying them upside down by their legs and then throwing them into crates on multi-tiered trucks. During transport, they are at the mercy of the elements, sometimes enduring extreme cold, and are denied access to food or water. 9. After transportation, free-range turkeys arrive at the same slaughterhouses as turkeys from any other facility. In these places, workers often torture the turkeys – kicking them, throwing them into walls, and breaking their necks and bones. 10. Even when turkeys are not intentionally tortured during transportation or at the slaughterhouse, the killing process itself would certainly be considered torture if done to a human being. The birds are hung upside down by the legs, and dipped in an electrical bath that is supposed to “stun” them, but often only causes convulsions and terror. If they miss the stunning bath, their throats are slit while they’re still conscious. Sometimes, because they are flailing around, they miss both the bath and the blade, and end up alive in a scalding tank designed to remove feathers. As anyone familiar with animal sanctuary operations will tell you, turkeys are intelligent, social beings who nurture and protect their young and thrive in their natural habitat. Even when they are stressed and confined in “free-range” concentration camps, they have an amazing will to live, as do all sentient beings. In the extremely rare cases where turkeys are raised gently in someone’s backyard, slaughter by any method is intentional killing of the innocent and clearly unnecessary for humans, and is therefore wrong and logically indistinguishable from murder. Instead of practicing the primitive ritual of making the sacrifice of a turkey the focus of Thanksgiving dinner, consider giving thanks for all life by having a vegan thanksgiving. Being vegan inspires a new sense of self-esteem which comes from not contributing to the unnecessary and heartless killing of those who simply want to live their lives, as you do.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-things-everyone-should-know-about-free-range-turkeys.html#ixzz2kuEHNjFM

New study reveals the brain´s mysterious switchboard operator: the pulivinar


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Animated Brain. The brain is divided into the following lobes: frontal,temporal ,parietal and occipital. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Temporal lobe(red). Polygon data are from BodyParts3D maintained by Database Center for Life Science(DBCLS). 日本語: 側頭葉。 ポリゴンデータはDatabase Center for Life Science(DBCLS)の作成しているBodyParts3Dより。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New study reveals the brain’s mysterious switchboard operator – the pulvinar

New study reveals the brain's mysterious switchboard operator - the pulvinar | Dr. Annamaria Grabowski | Scoop.it
From                    www.princeton.edu                – August 20, 2012 11:03 AM    read more…

Princeton University researchers have found that the pulvinar, a mysterious region deep in the human brain, acts like a switchboard operator to make sure that separate areas of the brain are communicating about the same external information most important to our behavior at a given moment. The pulvinar uses electrical impulses to synchronize and allow more effective communication between brain cells in the visual cortex, which processes visual information. The researchers produced neural connection maps that show the pulvinar’s connection to these brain regions. In this scan, the pulvinar communicates with the occipital lobe (yellow) and the temporal lobe (red) individually, and with both (green).

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald

Horses get a stay of execution


Horses get a stay of execution

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Horses get a stay of execution

There is a legal battle raging over the possible reopening of horse slaughterhouses in the United States of America. These horse slaughterhouses were shut down about six years ago but that ban was lifted in 2011.  Since then, the battle has been in the courtroom. Groups like the Humane Society of the United States have been fighting against the reopening of these slaughterhouses. Two slaughterhouses, one in New Mexico and one in Missouri, were given the green light to reopen. But on Monday night a judge issued a stay as the Humane Society fought for an appeal.  You can learn more by going to the Humane Society webpage here.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

Please, go to:  http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/11/04/horse-slaughterhouse-jvm?clusterId=1411#videoplayer – and You´ll find a lot of informations, too.

SICK! Asian Seafood Raised on Feces Approved fo US Consumers


November  6, 2013

SICK! Asian Seafood Raised on Feces Approved for US Consumers

By Ari Solomon
Adult-tilapia.jpgA recent article on Bloomberg‘s website profiled seafood exporters in Asia who sell to the United States. The details described are shocking and downright disgusting.
The most disturbing account comes from a tilapia farm in China’s Guangdong province. At this particular facility, from which exporters purchase fish to sell to the United States, farmers feed fish a partial diet of feces from hundreds of pigs and geese.
Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia‘s Center for Food Safety, warns that feeding fish a diet of feces is dangerous for consumers, noting that the “manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella.”
Indeed, seafood imports from China–around 27 percent of the seafood consumed by Americans–are frequently contaminated, according to the FDA. In fact, the FDA has rejected 820 shipments since 2007.
In addition to creating human health risks, feeding animals crap (literally) is grossly inhumane and unacceptable. To learn more about transitioning to a cruelty-free vegan diet, visit ChooseVeg.com.

“Seven Steps Conservation and National Leaders Can Take to Stop Wildlife Crime”


Seven Steps Conservation and National Leaders Can Take to Stop Wildlife Crime

By Azzedine Downes

Along with human trafficking, drug running and illegal arms sales, wildlife crime ranks among the most serious, dangerous, and damaging of international crimes, worth an estimated US$19 billion per year as noted in IFAW’s recent report, “Criminal Nature – The Global Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade.”

For the uninitiated, the numbers of individual wild animals and their parts and derivatives, taken and sold illegally worldwide is shocking.

For those of us working every day to help protect these animals, it has become an urgent call to arms.

Close to 35,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in the past year—or one every 15 minutes.

In 2012, a record 668 rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in South Africa alone, a 50 percent increase over 2011; and the toll continues to rise in 2013, with at least 201 rhinos killed in Kruger National Park so far.

We also know that many other species—from Saiga and Tibetan antelope to pangolins, big cats and turtles—are at great risk.

While these numbers are massive, and the threats to security and biodiversity are real, there are also the individual animals—cruelly and unnecessarily slaughtered, for human profit. Which is why the International Fund for Animal Welfare has committed to stopping this trade, working with coalitions like those forged during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York this past September.

Today, I am speaking at the INTERPOL – UNEP International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference (ECEC) taking place this week in Nairobi — a critical meeting to explore common strategies for combatting the growing menace of environmental crime.

This meeting brings together political leaders, law enforcement officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose missions give us all an opportunity to help in the fight to stop wildlife crime.

Together we can develop practical solutions that build on structures already in place. In the short-term, the outlay may require only modest budget enhancements or reallocations, not vast sums of money that run the risk of being channeled into unintended coffers or unreasonably used. These solutions must be adaptable to local customs and societal norms and easily understood by law enforcement officials at all levels.

In our estimation, there are seven factors critical to success in this endeavor:

Increased cooperation

Transparency and cooperation between national and international law enforcement, NGOs and the private sector has been increasingly effective at dismantling and disrupting international wildlife crime syndicates. INTERPOL, for instance, has been utilizing its international reach and sharing in-country information and connections with national law enforcement to improve networks and communications processes.

Creation of specialized wildlife crime investigators

NGOs like IFAW can help build capacity, provide long-term training and equip these high-impact units. To be effective, these special detective units must be well-paid and be backed by high-level government commitment.

Increased emphasis on forensic investigation

Unfortunately, more enforcement isn’t enough as many wildlife crime cases are lost in the judiciary. An increased emphasis on efficient and accurate forensic investigation, and securing the chain of evidence leading to prosecution is critical.

Improved community policing tactics

Law enforcement officials, special units and otherwise, must be helped in their efforts to gather local intelligence against wildlife criminals networks and their support systems through canvassing communities that live with and near wildlife.

Increased sentences and stronger national legislation

When penalties are small and insignificant compared to the crime, poaching, smuggling and selling wildlife contraband may seem worth the low risk to both opportunistic and professional criminals. National laws must call for meaningful prosecutions, heavy fines, and lengthy prison terms.

Build public support through specific animal stories

Research shows that the ability of human beings to comprehend problems in huge aggregated numbers is limited. Quotes like “US$19 billion per year in wildlife sales” and “seven tons of ivory seized last month in Kenya” can be more mind-numbing than illuminating. Framing the problem in terms of what is happening to individual animals resonates and more acutely creates empathy for these animals.

End the demand for wildlife products

Political pressure can be applied effectively to stop a large part of trade. Governments, law enforcement, private businesses, NGOs – and all of us as individuals – can help apply this pressure and sense of urgency. Our research shows that the majority of people would stop buying ivory if its sale were outlawed.

By addressing these seven factors, together we can make a difference, and we can do it working in the reality of financial constraints and cutbacks.

Law enforcement is being asked to do more with less, with trust and cooperation, and with a willingness to cross cultural and political divides, we can stop the slaughter.

This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/seven-steps-conservation-and-national-leaders-can-take-stop-wildlife-crime-1384098087. All rights are reserved.

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One of most intense typhoons ever recorded hits Philippines


by Staff Writers Manila (AFP) Nov 08, 2013 One of the most intense typhoons ever recorded tore into the Philippines on Friday, triggering flash floods and ripping down buildings as millions of people huddled indoors.

Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into fishing communities on the central island of Samar, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, before dawn on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 315 kilometres (195 miles) an hour.

The strength of the wind made it one of the four most powerful typhoons ever recorded in the world, and the most powerful to have made landfall, according to Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology at US-based Weather Underground.

Masters said he expected the damage in Guiuan, the fishing town of about 40,000 people that was the first to be hit after Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean, to be “catastrophic”.

“Perhaps the greatest wind damage any city on Earth has endured from a tropical cyclone in the past century,” Masters wrote on his blog for the weather monitoring website at http://www.wunderground.com.

Communication with Guiuan was cut off immediately after Haiyan hit, and the civil defence office said it was too early to give an assessment of the damage there.

But in Tacloban, a nearby city of more than 200,000 people, streets were flooded and some buildings were torn down, according to footage broadcast on ABS CBN television.

Haiyan had maximum sustained winds on Friday morning of 315 kilometres an hour, and gusts of 379 kilometres an hour, according to the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Masters said the previous record for the strongest typhoon to make landfall was Hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi in the United States with winds of 190 miles (305 kilometres) an hour in 1969.

Preparing for disaster

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday warned his countrymen to make all possible preparations for Haiyan.

“To our local officials, your constituents are facing a serious peril. Let us do all we can while (Haiyan) has not yet hit land,” Aquino said in a nationally televised address.

Aquino warned areas within the 600-kilometre typhoon front would be exposed to severe flooding as well as devastating winds, while coastal areas may see waves six metres (20 feet) high.

More than 125,000 people in the most vulnerable areas had been moved to evacuation centres before Haiyan hit, according to the civil defence office, and millions of others braced for the typhoon in their homes.

Authorities said schools in the storm’s path were closed, ferry services suspended and fishermen ordered to secure their vessels.

In the capital of Manila, which was on the northern edge of the typhoon’s path, many schools were closed amid forecasts of heavy rain.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and other carriers announced the suspension of hundreds of flights, mostly domestic but also some international.

State meteorologist Romeo Cajulis said on Friday that Haiyan was travelling quickly, at 39 kilometres an hour, and would travel across the country towards the South China Sea throughout Friday.

One particularly vulnerable area in Haiyan’s path was the central island of Bohol, the epicentre of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake last month that killed 222 people.

At least 5,000 survivors were still living in tents on Bohol, and they were moved to schools that had been turned into evacuation centres.

Other danger zones were the port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao, where flash floods induced by Tropical Storm Washi killed more than 1,000 people in December 2011.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 major storms or typhoons each year, many of them deadly.

The country also suffered the world’s strongest storm of 2012, when Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on Mindanao island in December.

The government and some scientists have said climate change may be increasing the ferocity and frequency of the storms.

Masters said warm waters of the Pacific Ocean were an important reason for the strength of Haiyan.

“It had very warm waters that extended to great depth, and favourable upper level winds that… acted to ventilate the storm, allowing large amounts of air to get sucked in near the surface and get carried away,” he wrote in an e-mail to AFP.

But Masters said it was premature to blame climate change for Haiyan.

“The historical record of typhoons and hurricanes is too short and of too low quality to say if climate change may have played a role,” he said.

Colombian Farmers Launch National Strike and Force Government to Renegotiate Free-Market Treaties


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Simón Bolivar, Francisco de Paula Santander y otros proceres de la independencia saliendo del Congreso de Cúcuta (imagen) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colombian Farmers Launch National Strike and Force Government to  Renegotiate Free-Market Treaties   Paramilitary and police killings fail to quell a growing movement against  corporate mining and agribusiness projects in Colombia  –   November 3, 13

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“These are the times that try people´s souls”


Reporter Peter Whoriskey wrote:
“A scientific panel that shaped the federal government’s policy for testing the safety and effectiveness of painkillers was funded by major pharmaceutical companies that paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the chance to affect the thinking of the Food and Drug Administration… the companies paid as much as $25,000 to attend any given meeting of the panel, which had been set up by two academics to provide advice to the FDA on how to weigh the evidence from clin ical trials.”
These are the times that try people’s souls. These are the times in which pharmaceutical companies have created a new American tyranny based upon their cumulative wealth of billions of dollars in bribes (PAC donations) to members of Congress.
While on vacation for the first three weeks of October, I re-read a book called “The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson,” by Adrienne Koch. Two years before the American revolution began, Jefferson wrote (in my opinion) the single greatest political essay in American history.
Jefferson’s “Summary View of Rights of British America” cited the many injustices of British rule and laid the foundations for the American Revolution.
Jefferson’s argument for independence addresses tyranny and misrepresentation, the likes of which America is again witnessing at the hands of federal regulatory agencies su ch as the FDA. Jefferson wrote:
“Single acts of Tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.”
Numerous ex-FDA commissioners have gone to work for Monsanto, and FDA has not fairly treated the review process for Monsanto’s genetically engineered foods. These conflicts of interest place the health interests of Americans secondary to the financial interests of those who compromise the integrity of government officials.
We are in prison. Bars and shackles, favors traded for laws and policy now prevent us from enjoying our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which Jefferson emphasized in his Declaration of Independence.
These basic truths that were deemed to be sel f evident to the founding fathers have been taken away by a series of tyrannical acts.
Until FDA labels foods containing genetically engineered organisms, I will continue to protest my loss of liberty. FDA’S tyranny protects pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers. The rest of the world does not allow such betrayal. Only in America. We deceive ourselves by believing that we reside in the land of the free.
I consider this a spiritual imprisonment of all Americans.
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” – Charles de Montesquieu

The EPA Legally Controls All Water, Food Production and Private Property


Saturday, October 26, 2013

The EPA Legally Controls All Water, Food Production and Private Property

Dave Hodges Activist Post
Mike and Chantel Sacket, from Priest Lake, Idaho, were preparing an 0.63 acre plot of land for the construction of their new home when an order by the EPA was issued to remove piles of fill material and replant the vegetation that they had removed from their property. The couple paid $23,000 for their property.
The order from the EPA was issued after the couple had gone through the process of acquiring all of the necessary permits to begin construction. Failure to comply with the EPA order would have resulted in a daily fine of up to $37,500.
The Idaho couple sued, in an attempt to prove that their land did not meet the criteria for being declared a wetland by the EPA; however, the lower court refused to hear the case. Fortunately, the Supreme Court sided with Mike and Chantel as well as several other property owners who had been the victims of EPA tyranny. The details of the case are provided here.
What seemed like a victory for property owners against the EPA may prove to be short-lived. The EPA is back and they are back with a renewed vengeance. Under the Clean Water Restoration Act, the EPA is in control of all “navigable waters.” On the surface, the term “navigable waters” would seem to provide some measure of protection to the public from invasive EPA enforcement by placing some reasonable limitations on the EPA’s regulatory power. Alas, that is proving not to be the case.
The Clean Water Restoration Act
The Clean Water Restoration Act goes far beyond the original intent of the law which was the protection of waterfowl and the conservation of wetlands. The proverbial fly in the ointment has its roots in the recent removal of the term “navigable waters”.
Under the new guidelines, if you use well water, the EPA has jurisdiction over your property and can even forcibly evict you and your family. If it rained overnight, or you have runoff from a recent snowfall, and there is any resulting puddles on your property, this can result in the loss of the free use of your property. You are also subject to eviction from your land if your property resides above an underground water aquifer.

A Thinly Veiled Excuse
In reality, this law has nothing to with preserving water and is simply a thinly veiled excuse to separate as many Americans from their land as possible. This strategy is straight out of the Agenda 21 playbook and it is being used to attack private property rights throughout the West. This strategy dovetails nicely with something I recently wrote about with regard to the fact that many state governments in the West are prohibiting the trapping and use of rainwater and the reuse of farm irrigation water. The last thing the Federal government wants is to allow Americans the right to fully control their property and to experience any kind of water independence.
The underlying intent of these policies is to attack America by lashing out at the food producers of America. The Wetlands legislation is being used to force the food producers of this country off of their land as the EPA begins to assess farmers $37,500 dollar, per day, fines for having any kind of standing water on their properties. The EPA is all too happy to provide relief for farmers and ranchers and acquire their land to help these victims of federal tyranny to get out from underneath their fines.
Most rural communities understand what is happening to them, but these events are receiving almost no attention except for the exceptional news blurb. The most dramatic reporting on this event occurred in the past week on FOX News in which Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on FOX and recounted many of the claims which I have identified here.


A number of other water issues have been the subject of recent Congressional oversight and subsequent legislation. Some legislators have been highly critical of recent regulatory initiatives which have abused the personal property rights of individual farmers, ranchers and homeowners. As of this date, despite some scant interest in EPA abuses, Congress has failed to act against the EPA for Fifth Amendment violations of property rights.
The True Intentions of the EPA
There is one person who has almost more water than God, but he is not and he never will be regulated by the EPA and his name is T. Boone Pickens.
Pickens could be found guilty of diverting rainwater to a house of prostitution and he will never run afoul of the EPA and its enforcement army from the Army Corps of Engineers, because Pickens is part of the plot to hand off the nation’s water supply to private corporate interests which will be beyond the reach of the EPA.
America is the victim of a three pronged attack which is designed to control all water: (1) Through the Clean Water Act, the EPA controls all water; (2) As a result of controlling all water, the EPA will come to naturally control all food production; (3) Since all property has some degree of water on it, the EPA is, in effect, the draconian landlord over everyone’s property.
Rules for Thee but Not for Me
That one person which is not impacted by EPA regulations and that person controls as much water as he wants. That infamous corporate raider and robber baron of the oil industry, T. Boone Pickens, is leading the charge to unscrupulously enrich himself as he leads the global depopulation efforts to create a series of artificially contrived water shortages. Pickens was one of the first to rush to capitalize on the impending water shortage by his insidious acquisition of the largest underground aquifer in the US, the Ogallala Aquifer, containing a quadrillion gallons of water, This massive underground reservoir extends from Texas to South Dakota.
In Roberts County, TX., Pickens has purchased nearly 70,000 acres, as well as the water rights to personally remove up to half of the Ogallala Aquifer of which he plans to sell back to nearby residents in order to enrich himself. Much of this aquifer extends into prime farm land located in America’s bread basket. One man, T. Boone Pickens, is acquiring the ability to turn the American heartland into a dust bowl. Pickens will soon have the political power to charge so much for water, that farmers will be forced to abandon their farms and ranches in a Hunger Games rendition in which government sponsored interests will eventually become the sole purveyor of the nation’s food and water supply as the anti-humanist, Pickens, makes more money from water than he ever did with oil.
In order to acquire the water and expand his control over the Ogallala Aquifer, Pickens needed more political power. In 2006, Pickens bought off the Texas State Legislature for $1.2 billion. This purchase of water-related law making power has allowed Pickens the ability to do accomplish four goals: (1) He created an eight-acre town and an accompanying local government, and subsequently made his tiny municipality into a powerful Water Supply District; (2) As such, Pickens automatically acquired the right to issue tax-free bonds and thereby, giving himself the lucrative benefit of borrowing at a tremendous discount; (3) Now operating as a public entity, Pickens is armed with the power of eminent domain which will allow him to expand his water acquisition potential in which he bullies local residents, along the aquifer, to sell their properties for pennies on the dollar; (4) Pickens used his 1.2 billion dollar bribe money to get the Texas legislature to pay for a 250 foot wide water pipeline corridor all the way to Dallas where Pickens will make an estimated yearly profit of $165 million at taxpayer expense. Pickens has become the poster child for the phrase “crony capitalism.”

According to Business Week, Pickens is now the number one owner of water in the United States. He will soon possess the ability to create a waterless wasteland through the heartland of America and who is going to stop him, Obama or the corrupt Texas State Legislature?
Pickens isn’t content with his new-found power over Texas water supplies. Pickens is in the process of greatly expanding his control over water as he petitioned Congress and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to expand his private/public water district’s power of eminent domain and right-of-way, so that he can operate across state lines as well. If this is fully granted, Pickens will control all water between Texas and South Dakota. Pickens is also in the process of doubling down as he has added his previous wind projects to the water district by proposing a vast $12-billion wind farm, to sit on the same land he is acquiring for his water pipeline. The cost of the water pipeline is estimated at $1.5 billion, which is being financed at taxpayers’ expense through bonds and low-interest loans.
Pickens told Business Week that he is only planning on selling surplus water, but according to the United Nations research and scientific studies report, nearly two-thirds of the entire population inhabiting the planet will face severe, life-threatening water shortages by the year 2025. So, Mr. Pickens, what surplus could you be talking about? And you only thought you had to worry about Obama collapsing the economy through his socialist policies.
Every bit of the Pickens plan violates the both the spirit and the letter of the law with regard to the EPA’s claimed right regulate all water. Pickens is not, and will not meet any EPA resistance.
Pickens Is Not Alone
The former CEO of Nestle, Peter Brabeck, does not believe that the common man has an inherent right to water. Brabeck stated in an interview for a documentary We Feed The World, that he believes water should only be something only the wealthy have access to. This is the same Nestle and Peter Brabeck which Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory episode “Blue Gold” featured in Ventura’s show about this rogue corporation. In the Ventura program, he exposed Nestle for bribing public officials in order to be able to take out massive amounts of water from the Great Lakes and sell it to countries such as China.
Of course it has been well-chronicled that the Bush family is moving to acquire massive amounts of water in South America including the continent’s larger underground water aquifer. The Bush family has built an expansive ranch on 100,000+ acres with the labor provided by the Army Corps of Engineers in another example of crony capitalism.
Conclusion
It is quite clear that while the EPA is moving towards the control of water, food and property rights, thus paving the way for globalist crony capitalists to obtain control over the nation’s water and food supply, as well as usher in a society which has no private property rights.
It is also becoming increasingly clear that the globalists are buying up our water rights and are planning to sell it back to us at exorbitant rates. In this Hunger Games scenario, the elite will one day control all water, food and property rights and can, therefore, hold humanity hostage in servitude to the whims of the global elite.
Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic.
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